March 29, 2017

Bellevue-based Sweeney Conrad Named 2016 Best Accounting Firm to Work For

Sweeney ConradSweeney Conrad, P.S. was recently named 2016 Best Accounting Firm to Work For by Accounting Today.    

This award is in keeping with Sweeney Conrad’s strong commitment to putting people first.  “At Sweeney Conrad, we value our employee’s work-life balance,” said John Forrest, managing shareholder. “We strive to create a positive work culture, lots of growth opportunities and a focus on serving our clients well while having fun.  We are so honored to receive this award, and recognize that we owe a lot of this accomplishment to the amazing people on our team.” [Read more…]

Matt Cassidy Sales Adds Mountain Khakis Line in Pacific NW

mountain-khakisMountain Khakis, a mountain town- inspired lifestyle apparel brand, named Matt Cassidy Sales as its northwest United States sales agency, effective immediately. Based in Kirkland, Washington, Matt Cassidy, the company’s founder, brings over 17 years of industry expertise.

Matt Cassidy Sales has operated in the Northwest since 1998 and represented respected brands in the outdoor, ski and soccer categories including Kastle Ski, Umbro Soccer and Kombi Gloves. The agency is opening a second office in Bozeman, Montana in 2017.

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Hackers Hone in on Human Behavior: Tax Preparers Are a New Target

CMIT SolutionsBy Dallas Stewart, CMIT Solutions

Hackers are becoming smarter and are developing new ways to trick businesses and consumers into falling for one of their scams.

One of the shifts in hacking attempts is that human behavior is now being leveraged by those who seek to do harm.  As technologies that shut down traditional avenues that hackers were using to gain access to proprietary data continue to evolve, hackers are now shifting to understanding human behavior in opening up emails or responding to them.  Email continues to be one of the main avenues explored by hackers. [Read more…]

Seattle’s Holiday Wine Fest November 12-13

Holiday Wine Fest SeattleThe 2016 Holiday Wine Fest is poised to be the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most popular tasting exposition. This all-day Saturday and Sunday event features a world-class line-up of local, regional, national and international wines, ciders, spirits, gourmet cuisine and artisan vendors.  The Holiday Wine Fest is the perfect occasion to tempt you and yours with the flavors of fall and the delicious offerings of the Season.

A Global Celebration of Wine!
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
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Unique Social Media Startup Launched by Young Entrepreneur in Seattle

Parade SocialParade Social, an event social media concierge service, was launched in Seattle this week. The company, which prides itself on crafting unique social media experiences for events of all types and sizes, public or private, for individuals, organizations and businesses is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the month of November, the new venture will begin partnering with local hotels, venue spaces, and event planners to diversify its cliental and reach new consumers. The concept has already begun attracting attention nationally with recent buzz building in Silicon Valley. [Read more…]

AAA’s Soap for Hope Toiletry Donation Drive Kicks off November 1, Benefits YWCA Women’s Center in Bellevue

AAA Washington is teaming up with seven Eastside charities to provide an opportunity for those in need to have a fresh start to their day. AAA Washington is kicking off its ninth annual Soap for Hope donation drive today to collect unused travel- and full-size toiletry items for local shelters, food banks and other charitable organizations across Washington and northern Idaho.

 There are two ways to donate toiletry items in Bellevue: [Read more…]

Adoptees have the right to know their origins and their heritage. She searched and was found

Bonded at Birth Gloria OrenCome join the author in celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month as I tour the web with my adoption memoir Bonded at Birth.

What if you were an adoptee raised in a family that kept your adoption secret and you found out about your adoption in an absurd manner?

What if you faced medical conditions throughout your life but lacked knowledge of your medical history? Would you do everything possible to seek out the information? [Read more…]

Washington Wine Foundation Adds Board Members

Long time industry leaders Brian Carter and Jerry Judkins-Smith were added to the Board of Directors of the Washington Wine Industry Foundation. [Read more…]

New Seasons on Mercer Island to Celebrate Grand Opening on November 10

New Seasons Mercer IslandThe region’s best produce, meats and sustainably caught seafood, a friendly staff, delicious tastings, special grand opening deals and a celebratory “Bread Breaking” await Mercer Island residents with the Nov. 10 New Seasons store opening at 2755 77th Ave. S.E. CEO Wendy Collie, New Seasons’ executive team and store leaders will be joined by local producers and nonprofit organizations to welcome the community to the B Corp certified company as it opens its first “ultimate neighborhood grocery store” in Puget Sound. [Read more…]

Hillary Clinton to Finally Be Indicted?

FBI Reviewing New Emails ‘Pertinent’ To Clinton Probe

According to a post at MSN.com, The FBI revealed Friday it was reviewing a new batch of emails that “appear to be pertinent” to its previous investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while she was secretary of state.

“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” FBI director James Comey said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

A senior law enforcement official told NBC News Friday that the Comey letter was sent to the Hill “out of an abundance of caution” and to be extra-thorough.

The official said the emails were discovered “on another device.”  Guess she forgot to ‘wipe’ that one … [Read more…]